Virtual Production (AoA)

Start date 01/01/2010
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2014

​Sustainable production as a whole includes multiple areas of importance. This means that multi-criteria decision support by visualization and representation of many different measures are relevant and needed. Hence, an important activity within virtual production systems is to enable multi-criteria evaluations, and to visualize those in a pedagogical way. Combinatorial analyses in various fields will enable cross disciplinary results to be evaluated simultaneously. Since decisions in one area will affect/restrict/put demands on other areas significantly, it is of vital importance to enable a common ground and visualization environment for those linked technologies.

The project will contribute with a general visualization platform for partaking virtual technologies. The multi-criteria evaluation will link partaking technologies standard evaluation with each other to bring more interaction to the combined analysis results.

Virtual Production technologies and methods are needed to foresee behavior in real world systems. The state of the art for each partaking area under virtual production systems are extensive, however the sustainability aspects over time and the relation to areas which are linked by the influence on a decision is not well explored. Furthermore, the use of virtual representation is still under development, state of the art in this area is mostly connected to CAD data. In this field we can foresee a research breakthrough by utilizing new technologies for visualizing a hybrid digital environment.

Research questions and project goals:

  • RQ1: How can hybrid digital models be used to support virtual development and operation of a sustainable production system, including plant and cell level.
  • G1: To create one virtual environment, integrating factory scandata, existing plant data, production data with CAD and simulation models and tools, in a PLM context.
  • RQ2: How can discrete event simulation be utilized in a hybrid digital environment, to support sustainability?
  • G2: The goal of the research is to investigate and propose how discrete event simulation can be used in a hybrid digital environment during evaluation of production systems to improve sustainability
  • RQ3: How can non-nominal geometrical conditions be handled in a hybrid digital environment, to support sustainability? 
  • G3: The goal of the project is to investigate and propose how evaluation of non-nominal geometrical conditions in a hybrid digital environment can improve sustainability of production systems.
  • RQ4: How can geometry and motion simulation be handled in a hybrid digital environment, to support sustainability?
  • G4: The goal of the research is to investigate and propose how evaluation of geometry and motion simulation in a hybrid digital environment can improve sustainability of production systems.
  • RQ5: How can supply logistics be handled in a hybrid digital environment, to support sustainability?
  • G5: The goal of the research is to investigate and propose how evaluation of supply logistics in a hybrid digital environment can improve sustainability of production systems.

Projectleader: Björn Johansson

External partners
​ATS, Volvo Cars, Volvo AB, SCANIA, Visual Components, Pointools Ltd, Swerea, Hagal
Area of Advance
Keywords
​Sustainability, point cloud, simulation, visualization, path planning, tolerances
​And
Johan Carlson
Robert Bohlin
Evan Shellshear
Sebastian Tafuri
​Vinnova

Published: Wed 26 Mar 2014.